Before All Else

BeforeAllElse“Faith goes before; understanding follows after.” A great theologian believed this, and so do I. Believing after the fact is simple. Believing before the manifestation has presented itself, is not. And yet, faith requires such.

You are the artist of your own life’s portrait, I believe. I also believe each of us has more power than we know; more power than even Saint Augustine knew 15,000 years ago when he made that statement. To me life is a combination effort. At times I have waited on God. At times God has waited on me. And when I choose not to take an active part in the creation of my life, things become stagnant. I become stagnant. The paint upon my canvas dries, and the picture stays incomplete.

Pick the size of your canvas. Choose the colors. Paint with wild abandon or with careful precision. Just paint. We don’t have to understand the unfolding, just have faith that it will unfold. Don’t give up. Don’t doubt due to a lack of understanding. Faith needs no understanding. Often understanding hinders faith. If we look only to the left, because our understanding knows only that direction, then we will miss what may very well be arriving to the right. The universe utilizes all things, not just those of which we are aware and are familiar.

It isn’t easy painting within yourself an image that lies in bright contrast to one’s reality. And I would be remiss if I did not admit that at times I have had to turn away from my own canvas as it pained me too greatly to see the dissonance between what was wanted and what was. But always, when ready I pick up the brush again, dab it into Cerulean Blue, and move across the canvas with broad strokes. God allows us these moments. And I have faith that during which this benevolent force keeps me afloat.

We must step back from the canvas of our life at times. We owe ourselves as much. Not to scrutinize but to survey. At times we swipe out something that no longer suits us, and start over. Sometimes we add onto what is already in place. Its our canvas, and I believe God is pleased when we do this. My God is not one of dominance. My God is not one of judgment. My God wants to explore this world through the vehicle that is me. No one will experience the world in the same way. And that, in my opinion, is what the soul us up to, what God is up to: Exploration, expression through all of us.

Paint the life for yourself that makes you smile. Don’t sell yourself short. You need not understand how things will come together; just have faith they will. It will not work unless you do. Your job is to keep believing, and to take action when the time is right. Keep the faith. Keep the essence of that which you want held firmly within your mind, your heart, and your inner being. You are energy. And energy fuels the universe. Energy does not require of us to understand its ways. Faith comes first, that’s the mechanics of energy.

Sane

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18 thoughts on “Before All Else

  1. Megan

    Wow. If I may, I would love to reblog this. I love the lines: “Paint the life for yourself that makes you smile. Don’t sell yourself short. You need not understand how things will come together; just have faith they will.” I’m in the middle of this process and I’m really working on having more faith that my personal life will unfold in a major way. I just have to learn how to have joy while I’m creating and trust that the universe is guiding me. All I have to do is go with the flow. Big love to you, my friend. I am so grateful to have found you on this big world wide web. 😀

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    1. SaneSamantha Post author

      Of course you may reblog this. Anytime. And I am so grateful to have found one another. I too am digging deep right now to keep the faith. Big love to you, my friend ~ S.

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  2. sknicholls

    How beautifully inspirational. Sometimes when i start painting it comes out so very differently than how I planned or foresaw. And yet, it is magnificent to behold in the end.

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    1. SaneSamantha Post author

      The essence is there, I have to believe. I tend not to paint with detail as there are so many breathtaking things for which I’ve never seen. With that thought in mind I paint with broad strokes and few fine lines. And yes, at times it ends up surprising me too. Thank you for your kind words. Love to you ~ S.

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